I gotta say that I’m not a huge fan of the overly commercialized holiday season but I seem to have developed certain habits that are becoming a tradition. One such thing is the Uptown Holiday Lighting ceremony in the Galleria area of Houston. I’ve made it the last 3 years and I think 5 years ago too. These were last year’s pictures which was the first year I used the D600 which despite its issues (I just got it back from Nikon after a shutter replacement due to the dust spots), is brilliant for these types of horrible conditions. I had my nexus 5 with me as well and just for fun I decided to take pictures using the camera phone but while a good camera phone, the N5 couldn’t handle f/1.4 and ISO 6400.
Using my ol D90 and a tripod, my pictures were not too bad considering it was pouring rain on my gear. Still, the D90 lacked the dynamic range of the D600. With the D600, all these pictures were handheld so I could easily use a fast enough shutter speed to handhold. With fireworks, I think the fireworks also has a motion stopping power much the same way as flash does so even hand-holding at 1/25 of a second produces sharp objects at a long distance. Anyway, here are the pictures. And to the short gentleman in front of me annoyed that I was too close to him, get over it sir. There was easily 15,000 people there all bunched up together so as long as I didn’t use his head as a duo-pod, he should shut his big yapper.
This is kind of interesting. These folks rent out the patio rooms at the Hilton a year in advance so they can watch the show and fireworks. For some, they have done this for decades! They also have a contest to see who has the best decorations. Let’s face it, you have to have the means to be able to do this sort of thing (Hilton ain’t cheap) but if you can swing it, it’s gotta be a lot of fun for the kids and a fun tradition to have.
And of course, back to the fireworks and the reason why i was there. I love the expression that kid’s face.
I’ve photographed Via Colori for the last 5 years and this was the 2nd art crawl I’ve gone to so I’ve given up on taking unique photographs. Most of these are the typical artist at work or people looking at art variety.
I’m really starting to like Houston’s East End. They’re really trying to make the once scary area friendly and unique. The Tlaquepaque Market Plaza had several little events. Dia de los Muertos Art Exhibit and Traditional Altars was at East End Studio Gallery and Bohemeo’s had an Encore Performance by YETLANEZI (Huehuetl), from Jalisco, Mexico.
I got to meet artist Isaac Rodriquez who had some very clever and unique mixed-medium work. This kid is going places.
No really, what did you expect? It’s a portrait of a Brown Anole Lizard! Today was mostly full of relentless rain so when the sun finally came out, this guy was sitting on my porch so I grabbed my 80-200 f/2.8 D lens and tried to get him. I was too close however so I couldn’t lock in focus and so I grabbed my extension tube. Not too shabby.
Nothing terribly exciting about these pictures. I was out with some people so I decided to just put on my 50mm f/1.4D lens on the D600 to stay unassuming and have the f/1.4 aperture. Having access to both f/1.4 and ISO 6400 of the D600 gave me pretty much night vision. Most of the time I stayed less than ISO 3200 and lower. I used the popup flash for a few pictures which is very nice to have. I wasn’t hired to do any shoots so they’re mostly snapshots of random people, but a couple of times I was interacting with them and asking them to pose. Love this part of town around Halloween.
The common theme in the bars was that they were overcrowded and damn near impossible to even order a drink
Houston’s East End is rapidly improving and coming into its own. I remember that even 10 years ago, this was not an area you’d want to go to at night or even day time without locking all your doors, but look at them now! The Esplande is just inviting neighbors and visitors to walk around and enjoy the history of the neighborhood. I only photographed the start of new construction, but the median takes up several blocks with room to lock your bike, places for vendors, and other future events. They also have LED lights which are powered by the solar panels to add that green touch.
Not to toot my own horn too much but the top photo in above was my work on display at a major art show! That’s only half true because I was not there selling anything, but the Art League folks liked my photo of the Funnel Tunnel and asked me if they could use it in their display at the Texas Contemporary Art Show. They were nice enough to create a large piece of art for the city to enjoy so I was happy to let them do so. In the process I got a pass to go see what was happening there.
I went there on opening night and it was crazy busy with high society folks there and a who’s who of artists. I didn’t have my camera with me then! I decided to go there on their last day – a rainy day outside so it wasn’t that busy. I really got a chance to look at the work. Per my usual disclaimer, this is just covering the event where I cover other people’s art work. Not all photography is artistic but there is still some value in capturing other people’s work.
When you walk in, they have this mock laundromat which has every detail:
Carole A. Feuerman’s work is amazing
The artist known as Gaia was making prints of his work – historic houses and native birds. Pretty interesting.